Arts Biennials and Such
Through October 8, Portland Art Museum has up its Oregon Biennial. This is worth the drive for three reasons: 1. Its good reviews. 2. These artists are so close to here, we should know exactly what they’re up to. 3. It’s an introduction to PAM’s new curator of Northwest art, Jennifer Gately, who started in January and put together this multimedia extravaganza including painting by Storm Tharp (I like Tharp’s wall sculpture Maybelline, below), and Chandra Bocci’s Gummi Bear Big Bang II, a reimagining of the work she had in the 2003 biennial. (Shown here is II.)
Tacoma Art Museum’s Northwest biennial opens in February, but this week curator Rock Hushka, who made the selections with David Kiehl, curator of prints at the Whitney, announced the artists on the list:
Justin Colt Beckman
Sarah Jane Lapp
Mark Takamichi Miller
Mary Ann Peters
Painting-drawing-sketches by Peters, Mitchell (sketchbooks!), Holderfield, and Tilford are in a ravishing 19th-century-to-contemporary drawings show at James Harris this month that you really don’t want to miss.
Holderfield is up next at James Harris, with a solo show I can’t wait to see in September, of his wild painting-drawings on paper and an installation. The show is titled Pilgrim and has plenty of images of fire. This is Arson 11.